The eleventh season of HVSF’s popular developmental reading series kicks off online in August! Our popular new works series features contemporary plays read by HVSF company members and other professional actors.

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Past Performances:

Seize the King

Thursday, August 13, 7:30pm
By Will Power
Directed by Jesse J. Perez

A five-person reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s RICHARD III. With England’s throne empty, Richard knocks down threats to his rule, fueling his insatiable ambition and paranoia. Even if he can be stopped — who can ensure it won’t happen again? The San Diego City Beat describes the timely adaptation as “a sharp, lyrical script that blurs the line between the past and the present while positing that ambition and depravity are not the province of merely one king, one country or one moment in time.”

SEIZE THE KING will be performed at the Classical Theatre of Harlem in 2021.

Paradise Lost

Thursday, August 20, 7:30pm
By Erin Shields
Directed by Sara Holdren
Featuring Nance Williamson

The 17th century and present-day are seamlessly intertwined as Satan vents about her frustration at being cast out of heaven and her thoughts on oppression. When she finds out that God has created delicate new creatures called “humans,” she crafts a plan for revenge and betrayal on the Almighty.


Untitled Agatha Project

Thursday, August 27, 7:30pm
By Heidi Armbruster
Directed by Lavina Jadhwani
An HVSF Commission

A famed detective faces a baffling whodunit, when a peaceful village is turned upside down by the death of a widow, followed swiftly by the murder of the man she had planned to marry. The complicated case involving blackmail, suicide, and violent death leads the detective to one of the most startling conclusions of his legendary career.